Cusco-Machu Picchu, Lima Area
Activity: Archaelogical, City Tour, General Interest
Price: From U.S $417
Machu Picchu is located 120 km from Cusco, above the Valley of the Urubamba River. According to tradition, Incan Pachacutec was believed to be the creator of Machu Picchu, the Lost City, the best example of Incan architecture and a symbol of their religiosity. Two legends attribute the foundation of Cusco to their first chief of state, the legendary Incan Manco Capac, along with his sister and consort, Mama Ocllo. In both, it is believed that the place was revealed by the God of the sun (Inti) to the founders after a pilgrimage from the Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley) of the Incas in the South. Both cities are awarded with being Peru's main tourist destinations.
Cusco stands out as the glory of ancient Incan royal power, full of ruins from the time of this South American empire. Ruins that share space with Spanish religious buildings of uncalculable historical value such as the Cetedral o Iglesia del Triumfo (Cathedral or Church of Triumph), constructed in 1538; the Iglesia de la Compania (Church of the Assembly), constructed by the Jesuits dating from 1576; the Convent of Santo Domingo, of renaissance style; etcetera.
Machu Picchu, on the other hand, stands out as a latent enigma. The last splendor of the grandious Incan architecture. Not only architecture, but exquisite and peculiar landscaping was applied to the construction as well. Present day investigations show that this place was apparently not for military use, but rather, a ceremonial place characterized as a sanctuary more than a fort or city.
Relive history with this tour that will take you on a guided visit to the main attractions in Cusco. You will be able to see in person the present state of a grandious past, and of course, you will see the new wonder of the world: Machu Picchu.
Experience a virgin landscape, along with guides who will teach you about the secrets discovered thus far.
4 days /3 nights
Availability: Available all year round
Valid Until: 31-Dec-2007